Amos 8 A Famine Of The Word.
Again Amos wrote about what he saw from the Lord God-“a basket of summer fruit” (vv. 1-2a). The covenant LORD would no longer “pass by” His people Israel anymore (v. 2b). Songs in the temple would change to wailing and mourning, but dead bodies shall be cast away in silence (vv. 3, 10 Cf. 5:8; 6:9-10), even as the nation trampled on the poor and needy in silence (v. 4 Cf. 2:7). Hypocritically they kept the Sabbath, but they couldn’t wait to cheat others, including “falsifying the scales by deceit” (v. 5 Cf. Ex. 31:13-17; Lev. 19:35-36; Dt. 25:13-15; Neh. 13:15; Mic. 6:10-11). As Amos noted before, they sold “the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals” (2:6b; v. 6).
They also sold “bad wheat” which was chaff, “which fell to the floor when the wheat was threshed, mixing it with the wheat and cheating the buyer” (NGSB. p.1408). The LORD would not forget any of Israel’s wicked works (v. 7), and the land would suffer like unto Egypt (v. 8), and light would become darkness (v. 9). To all this, the worst of the judgment upon the nation, was that there would be a famine “of hearing the words of the LORD” (v. 11 Cf. I Sam. 3:1; II Chr. 15:3; Ps. 74:9; Ezek. 7:26; Mic. 3:6), seeking for it far and wide (v. 12). This was a judgment for despising the word, cheating in business, oppressing the poor, and worshipping idols (vv. 13-14).